Chargers should trade for Evan Mathis


The San Diego Chargers didn’t add an offensive lineman in the draft, but could still find an upgrade by trading for Evan Mathis. 

The San Diego Chargers lost out on the opportunity in getting La’el Collins after he signed with the Dallas Cowboys today. What does that mean for the Chargers offensive line now? Johnnie Troutman is the current projected starter on the roster at the moment and that seems like a scary situation for the team. He was one of the worst starting guards in the game last season.

The Chargers could also go with Jeremiah Sirles as the starter at right guard. He has been on the team for a season and did well with his start last season against the Kansas City Chiefs. He did well creating holes for Branden Oliver in that game. He could be the starter at right guard entering next season. He will be competing for that role.

What if the Chargers look in a different direction for a starting guard? The team could look at getting a guard in free agency and there are a number of guys that could help there. The team also could look at making a trade for a top guard that is unhappy with his situation. That guard would be Phildaelphia Eagles G Evan Mathis.

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Mathis is not stoked with the situation that they have out in Philly and would love to find a new team. He has been on the trade block for the last couple of seasons and still has played at a high level. The Chargers really should look at the possibility of adding him onto the roster. We still have our 4th round selection for next year and we know what Tom Telesco loves to do with those. Tom can trade over to Philly and pick up the guard. At this point, a middle round draft selection could get Mathis onto the roster.

Mathis is an elite guard and will count $6.5 million against the cap. He is on the block because he is aging and still is looking to get a new deal from the Eagles. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has said that he has been “available for trade for two years”, but simply has not had any offers. It is time for the Chargers to jump on the opportunity.

The Chargers offensive line needed the most help in the interior last season and we only have upgraded one spot on the line from last season. We only have added Orlando Franklin to the roster and have not done anything else. That can’t be enough for the team. There has to be another plan for the Chargers. Mathis could be the move the team can make to save the line.

The Chargers have the cap space to add him onto the roster. Philip Rivers would be happier adding a vet to the line. D.J. Fluker would be happier with a vet on the line. Melvin Gordon would see more holes. The Chargers need to get in on Mathis and make it happen.

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